Once ratified how will the USMCA impact Ag exports to Canada and Mexico?
“It’s better for American workers and especially American agriculture as well,” said Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue.
The update to NAFTA was signed by the leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico in Argentina over the weekend during the G-20 Summit. However, USMCA must still be approved by the legislative bodies in all three countries. Perdue said he believes the agreement will secure greater access to the markets of both North American neighbors, especially for Americans Ag exports.
“It certainly addresses some of the technical issues as well modern agriculture, technology, biotechnology, those kinds of things, but we’ve got, certainly, better access to the dairy market in Canada, have eliminated their very onerous Class 7 milk proposal as well as giving us poultry and egg access into Canada as well.”
In addition, Perdue noted USMCA addresses Canada’s wheat grading process, noting that will have a direct impact on U.S. wheat growers. He noted that should help producers, including here in the Northwest, be more competitive.
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